February Community Corner
Feb. 2: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill, will offer a language immersion conversation group from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spanish, German and French sessions are available throughout the day. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org for more details.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Feb. 2: Stop by the food court pavilion at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., for free blood pressure screenings offered by PinnacleHealth. Visit shopharrisburgmall.com/events.
Love Your Heart
Feb. 2: PinnacleHealth will host “7 Ways to Love Your Heart” at Giant Food Store, 2300 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, 7 p.m. Join this community education event for tips and tricks you can incorporate to make a new, heart-healthy beginning. Visit pinnaclehealth.org for more information.
Feb. 3: Enjoy First Friday in Hummelstown, 6 to 9 p.m., with shopping, dining, raffle prizes, music and dancing. First Fridays are free, but organizers encourage attendees to bring donations for Morning Star Pregnancy Services. For more details, call 717-991-5105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 3-5: Visit Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey, for the Susquehanna Orchid Society’s “For the Love of Orchids” show and sale in the newly opened Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids will be on display, including one that smells like chocolate. Visit HersheyGardens.org.
Feb. 4: Join AAA Central Penn at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the AAA Vacation Show featuring travel presentations and information from vendors. Book packages at the show to receive special savings. Visit aaacp.com.
Winter HBG Flea
Feb. 4: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit hbgflea.com for more information.
PPFF Photo Display
Feb. 4-25: Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will display winning photographs from its 2016 “Through the Seasons” photo contest in the state Capitol, East Wing Rotunda, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit paparksandforests.org.
Feb. 5: Go for a guided, 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, with yoga instructor Traci Wolfe, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The pace will be brisk enough to keep the body warm, with stops to observe nature and a silent walking session to wrap up. For more details, visit wildwoodlake.org.
Have a Heart
Feb 6: Caitlin’s Smiles’ “Have a Heart Volunteer Day and Craft Fair” will be held at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Dr., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will make craft kits and cards for children with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The event includes a craft fair, soup/baked goods sale and a blood drive. Visit caitlins-smiles.org.
Feb. 6: “Family-Friendly Cooking with a Cardiologist” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Giant Food Store Cooking School, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, with PinnacleHealth cardiologists Michael Bosak and Sunil Patel. Cost is $20 per couple. Visit pinnaclehealth.org.
FOM Winter Social
Feb. 6: Friends of Midtown will host its Winter Social and Annual Meeting at Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, a cash bar and raffle auctions of Midtown goods and services and learn about FOM’s 2016 successes and 2017 goals. Cost is $5; free for FOM members. Visit FriendsOfMidtown.org.
Feb. 6, 20: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host “Great Decisions,” a program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held every other Monday at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, through May 15. Cost is $10 per session; $40 for all eight. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
Crazy for Coloring
Feb. 6-26: Dauphin County Library System will host “Crazy for Coloring,” two-hour social, adult coloring sessions at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, Feb. 6, 6 to 8 p.m.; William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; and East Shore Area Library, Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m.; Visit dcls.org for details.
Indie Film Friday
Feb. 10: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “Dum Laga Ke Haisha,” a Hindi romantic comedy. Prem Prakash Tiwari dreams of marrying a beautiful girl with movie star looks, but is pressured into an arranged marriage. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
Ice Art Fest
Feb. 10-12: Spend a weekend amid snowflake lights and ice sculptures for Carlisle’s first Ice Art Festival and enjoy an indoor art show, carriage rides, glass blowing demonstrations, chili cook-off, dessert bake-off and other activities. The event also features food trucks and extended merchant hours. Visit lovecarlisle.com for details.
Truffles for Couples
Feb. 10-14: Hershey Story’s Chocolate Lab, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., will offer an evening of truffle making for Valentine’s Day, 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will hand roll and coat rich, dark chocolate ganache in milk and white chocolate, finishing with sweet toppings. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit hersheystory.org.
Feb. 11: Join Friends of Midtown at their monthly community lunch, which will be held at Midtown Tavern, 1101 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact email@example.com or visit friendsofmidtown.org.
Feb. 11: Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, Harrisburg, will host “Meditation and the Art of Happiness,” 1 to 2 p.m., at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Learn basic meditation techniques and receive guidance for healthy and positive thinking. Visit meditationpa.org.
Community Free Day
Feb. 13: Join the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, on its free admission day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in honor of Black History Month. For more information, visit nationalcivilwarmuseum.org.
Feb. 13: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host its Annual Meeting at Gamut Theatre, 15. N. 4th St., 6 to 9 p.m. HYP leaders will share a recap of 2016 and goals for 2017. The meeting will be followed by a reception of drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Visit hyp.org.
Feb. 14: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host “Trains That I Like and Liked,” an illustrated talk with Gary Sunday at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., with a meal available as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd in The Burg
Feb. 17: Enjoy the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event at galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown. Check out all the action at thirdintheburg.org.
Sports Cards Show
Feb. 17-19: Pittsburgh Steelers Jesse James and Stephon Tuitt will sign autographs at the Sports Cards Show on Feb. 18 at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale will sign on Feb. 19. Sports cards and collectibles will be available. Visit shopharrisburgmall.com/events.
Valentine Paint Party
Feb. 14: Create a set of painted wine glasses with “Paint & Create” at Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, 7 to 9 p.m. The bar opens at 6:30 p.m. and drinks will be buy one, get one free. This event is BYOF (bring your own food). Tickets are $30. Visit paintncreate.com.
Feb. 18: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., will host a discussion with author George Lakey on his new book, “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too,” at 3 p.m. Visit midtownscholar.com for more information.
Grand Opening Benefit
Feb. 18: To celebrate its grand opening, Ike’s at Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 815 S. Eisenhower Blvd., will host a menu tasting and auction event to benefit the ALS Association, 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, beverages and a late-night menu. This event is free with a donation. Visit holidayinn/harrisburg.
The Last Waltz
Feb 18: Susan Giblin Foundation hosts its silent auction fundraiser to benefit Central PA’s animal community at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St. Some of central PA’s best musicians will perform The Band’s “The Last Waltz.” The event begins at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Visit harrisburgarts.com.
Cabin Fever Walk
Feb. 19: Bundle up and head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a three-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat winter cabin fever, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Along the way, learn how to prepare for a day on the trail. Visit wildwoodlake.org for details.
Legislators Forum II
Feb. 23: Join Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, in cooperation with the West Shore and Perry County chambers of commerce, for the 2017 Legislators Forum II, featuring area members of the state Senate, at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $65; $40 for members. Visit harrisburgregionalchamber.org.
Feb. 23: Senior fellow and Latin America expert Ted Piccone will speak on “Cuba Today and after the Castro Brothers,” in a presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. There will be a reception and dinner prior to the talk. For more information, visit fpa-harrisburg.org.
Feb. 23-25: The 21st annual Millennium Music Conference will showcase more than 300 artists at 30 Harrisburg-area venues, with additional programs like a trade show, industry panels and workshops at Best Western Premier, 800 E. Park Dr., Harrisburg. Admission to shows is free. Visit MusicConference.net.
Oscar Nominated Shorts
Feb. 24-25: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, to view this year’s Oscar-nominated short films before the awards are given. The five nominees from these categories will be shown: documentary short films, live action short films and animated short films. Not recommended for ages 17 and under without parental permission. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
Winter Star Party
Feb. 25: Join the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg at the Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, for “Cruisin the Cosmos” Winter Star Party, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Pack snacks and a telescope if you own one. Star Party leaders will have telescopes on hand until 10:30 p.m. Visit nedsmithcenter.org.
Feb. 26: The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will hold its annual wedding show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse an assortment of wedding vendors to get ideas. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit aacamuseum.org.
Feb. 26: Slip into your tux or gown and stroll over to Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, for its annual Oscar-watching party. The red carpet fun begins at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and include drinks and a buffet of appetizers. Visit midtowncinema.com.
Feb. 27: Historic Harrisburg Association will host “Harrisburg’s Landmarks of African-American History” with historian and author Calobe Jackson at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Visit historicharrisburg.com for details.
Feb. 28: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and mingle with local business professionals, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Dr., Mechanicsburg. The event is free and open to Chamber members. Guests may attend up to three free chamber events per year. Visit wschamber.org.